Are You Mocking Me?

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Northern Mockingbird

What do you call a snowman in July?

A puddle.

Interesting Fact: It’s not just other mockingbirds that appreciate a good song. In the nineteenth century, people kept so many mockingbirds as cage birds that the birds nearly vanished from parts of the East Coast. People took nestlings out of nests or trapped adults and sold them in cities such as Philadelphia, St. Louis, and New York, where, in 1828, extraordinary singers could fetch as much as $50. ( )



  1. So … the song, “Mama’s Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird,” really was talking about buying a mockingbird !! Who knew !! I didn’t know they almost vanished from the East Coast. We have them in abundance here in the Upstate of SC. I will look and listen to them with more respect now that I know their history. Thank you, jan

    • Me too, I always thought it was just a song, I was always confused why would someone want a mockingbird. Now we know. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Happy Blogging! 🙂

  2. sad to hear that people used to cage birds for their amusement.. :/

  3. I wonder what songs the caged mocking birds learned. They have to hear other birds to learn their songs. I imagine the caged birds didn’t sing as well.

    • I don’t think they did. When I used to live in the city quiet often Mockingbirds would Imitate car alarms. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Happy Blogging! 🙂

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